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New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge to live on as artificial reef

Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 by

Construction commences on New York’s new Tappan Zee Bridge in 2014. The old, crumbling bridge is now being dismantled, with large pieces of it being used as material to build out artificial reefs off of Long Island. It’s safe to assume that motorists who regularly traversed the old Tappan Zee Bridge are thrilled […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by

Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a […]

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With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

  Olaff Alejo’s salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them. In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household goods say the absence of wholesale stores […]

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Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like […]

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The Worlds First Mall For Recycled Goods

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of […]

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Meet the Incredible People Who Are Turning Plastic Bags Into Mats to Help the Homeless

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by

Karen Lower has found a way to make crocheting cool – and waterproof! She always loved to crochet but when she saw people crocheting with old plastic bags on Facebook, she had a brilliant idea. Why not make mats for the homeless out of plastic bags? She immediately reached out to Buffalo’s Good Neighbors, a […]

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Repurposed MATERIALS

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by

First off, what is “repurposing”?  Here is a 2 minute video, from Founder and President Damon Carson, explaining what the excitement is all about! What is repurposing?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or […]

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Grandmas Use Discarded Plastic Bags To Make Beds For The Homeless

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by

You might not think much of those plastic shopping bags you’ve been hoarding in the kitchen, but a group of resourceful older women in Tennessee are putting this item to good use by helping the homeless. Meet “The Bag Ladies.” These women from Union City found each other around two years ago at church and […]

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Coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by

As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of […]

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India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by

The environmentally conscious approach to road construction was developed in India around 15 years ago in response to the growing problem of plastic litter. As time wore on, polymer roads proved to be surprisingly durable, winning support among scientists and policymakers in India as well as neighboring countries like Bhutan. “The plastic tar roads have […]

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